The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) gave Buhi to use public utility jeepney (PUJ) with its existing Buhi-Iriga route effective today, August 29, until October this year.

Rinconada Iriga Buhi Jeepney Transport Corporation (RIBJTCORP) president Edgar Calingacion told the Buhi Magazine that the LTFRB Bicol approves ten special permits out of 17 applications he filed since April 2020.

According to the LTFRB order, PUJ operators shall install impermeable barriers between rows and seats that are less than 1 meter apart if they wish to maximize 50 % passenger load.

LTFRB sets the following conditions like wearing of mask and gloves for drivers, “no face mask, no ride” and physical distancing for passengers, vehicle disinfection at the end of each trip, disinfection of frequently-touched surfaces every three hours, use of a thermal scanner in terminals, and observance of the right fare rate, among others.

Calingacion added that the fare rate is P50.00 per ride, considering the limited passengers they will be ferrying at a distance of more or less 15 kilometers.

Meanwhile, upon the coordination of Vice Mayor Jofred Balagot, Mayor Margarita Aguinillo orders the temporary terminal of the PUJs to be placed at Buhi Social Terrace.